Effects of tree structure on backscattering

Terhikki Manninen, Susanna Rautakorpi, Markku Rantasuo

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Active remote sensing is very sensitive to the geometry of the object in question. Therefore the structure of a tree is not only a parameter of interest, but also a parameter that affects the backscattering. In satellite SAR images the resolution is typically rather coarse. Then the effect of individual trees is only one source of backscattering and the interaction of neighbour trees becomes important. In order to understand the complicated origin of backscattering from a group of trees, it is essential to be able to describe the backscattering from one tree in an effective way. The analysis of the effect of varying tree structure on backscattering is a demanding problem, when the tree structure is described using cylinders of several sizes. Good results have been obtained using tree growth models in combination with backscattering analysis. However, it is rather hard work to construct a whole forest of trees having varying and yet very detailed structure. Therefore it is desirable to have an easier, though not so precise, method to estimate the backscattering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE 1999 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS'99)
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
ISBN (Print)978-0-7803-5207-0
Publication statusPublished - 1999
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE 1999 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS'99). : Remote Sensing of the System Earth - A Challenge for the 21st Century - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 28 Jun 19992 Jul 1999


ConferenceIEEE 1999 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS'99).


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